Barb Lachenbruch

Lachenbruch, Barb

Position Type:
Job Title:
Professor Emeritus
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Office Location:
320 Richardson Hall
Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Stanford University, 1990
M.S. Biological Sciences, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 1982
B.A., Biology, Swarthmore College, 1979
Research Areas
Science of Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Management
Genetics and Physiology
Forest, Wildlife and Landscape Ecology
Research Interests
  • Ecophysiology
Form and function in plants, particularly related to water transport, biomechanics, wood anatomy, and wood quality in forest trees. Current research is asking:
• the extent to which the existing plant morphology has a legacy role in directing how plants respond to current conditions; • whether the negative effects of stem or root pathogens on a plant’s water relations are mitigated by the plant’s morphological changes; • the relationship of tree radial growth rate to wood quality in outer (mature) wood, in healthy Douglas-fir trees and those with a needle cast disease.